The Chemistry Division conducts basic and applied research and development to address critical Navy needs and advance the frontiers of physical, chemical, biological, and material science as well as nanoscience. The research is wide ranging and cross-cuts many areas encompassing theory, fabrication and characterization including synthesis, chemical and materials characterization, analytical chemistry, biological analysis, surface science, interfacial chemistry, corrosion science, electrochemistry, combustion, fire science, theoretical chemistry, modeling and sophisticated data analysis. Our diverse staff reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the Division's research and chemistry’s critical role in many fields of expertise. Our staff of approximately 300 consists of federal employees, contract employees, post-doctoral associates, faculty researchers, and students with a broad spectrum of scientific expertise including chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, biology, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, materials science, biochemistry, microbiology, mechanical and electrical engineering. Research ranges from laboratory to intermediate and real-scale experiments and demonstrations. The Chemistry Division has over 90 years of internationally recognized scientific accomplishments and has been recognized with numerous awards that reflect the high scientific quality.

The Chemistry Division consists of five branches that work collaboratively to conduct world-class science and develop state-of-the-art technology. Our well-equipped laboratories and facilities provide the research tools needed to conduct cutting-edge science and real-world demonstrations.

  • Chemical Dynamics and Diagnostics Branch (Code 6110)
  • Materials Chemistry Branch (Code 6120)
  • Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering (Code 6130)
  • Surface Chemistry Branch (Code 6170)
  • Navy Technology Center for Safety and Survivability (Code 6180)

The Chemistry Division has three remote sites that provide ideal environments to demonstrate technology, methods and new doctrine under real-scale and full-scale conditions.

  • Marine Corrosion Facility in Key West, FL
  • Fire Science and Combustion Research and Test Facility at Chesapeake Bay Detachment, MD
  • Joint Maritime Test Facility in Mobile, AL